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Museum On Main Street

Six Texas communities will be selected to host a national traveling exhibit.
Created in 1994, Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a traveling exhibition program of the Smithsonian Institution which aims to engage small-town audiences and revitalize underserved rural communities. In partnership with the Smithsonian, THC heritage tourism staff will work with the Texas Heritage Trails Program to deliver approximately two years of training and consultation to six host communities, working closely with each community in group and individual settings to develop the local visitor experience for future heritage travelers.

Participating communities will gain project-planning skills, form strategic organizational partnerships, develop local assets, and create visitor experiences that will not only ensure a successful exhibit, but will also create sustainable change in your heritage landscape for years to come.

2024 -25 Tour Dates

Tour Stop 1: August 24 – October 6, 2024
Tour Stop 2: October 12 – December 1, 2024
Tour Stop 3: December 7, 2024 – January 19, 2025
Tour Stop 4: January 25 – March 9, 2025
Tour Stop 5: March 15 – April 27, 2025
Tour Stop 6: May 3 – June 15, 2025

Applications Accepted Until May 15, 2023

Step 1: Contact your Texas Heritage Trail Program (THTP) regional executive director.
As part of the application review committee, your THTP executive director will be the biggest advocate for your application. Their insight into your community is weighed heavily and their familiarity with your organization and community will go a long way to provide important context during our review meetings.

Click here to contact Del Polikretis and the Texas Forest Trail.

Step 2: Review the application and begin thinking about potential partners, venues, etc.
We don’t require you to have figured everything out by the time you apply. However, if we’re deciding between two or more competitive applicants, we may contact you to gain more information about what MoMS would look like in your community, including details about your potential exhibit venue, committed partners, etc. It would likely help your case if you had already begun thinking about these items and started to plant seeds with community members.

Our advice: Begin having conversations about this project with folks in your community, but be clear that this is an application process and there is no guarantee that your community will be selected as a host.

Step 3: Download the application form below:
When complete, email the PDF application and your written answers to
Additional info can be found here:

Mission Statement

The Texas Forest Trail Region is a network of partners working together to foster regional economic development by promoting heritage tourism and the preservation of cultural and historic resources.